Dahlias: Dos And Don'ts: Growing Dahlias

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Dahlias:  Dos And Don'ts

By Sharon
October 1, 2015

My love for dahlias got off to a really slow start. I much preferred soil beneath my fingernails than for those same nails to be blackened by bruises from driving dahlia stakes into the ground. And the truth was, dahlias had no other purpose on earth than to stand around looking totally tall and beautiful. I liked plants that had a reason for being, like tomatoes. Now there was a plant worth growing even if it did need to be staked.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Sep 30, 2015 7:28 PM CST
Fantastic article Sharon. Thank you so much!

Your instructions for growing them are perfect and I enjoyed the beautiful photo's as well.

I'm sure Aunt Bett would understand Lovey dubby
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Marilyn
Sep 30, 2015 7:58 PM CST
vic said:Fantastic article Sharon. Thank you so much!

Your instructions for growing them are perfect and I enjoyed the beautiful photo's as well.

I'm sure Aunt Bett would understand Lovey dubby


I agree What Vic said! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

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Sharon
Oct 1, 2015 9:25 AM CST
Thanks Ladies.

For years I've told myself I'd terrace the upper back hill so that I could grow sunflowers in the farthest back row, then a row of Dahlias then a row of shorter dahlias with something like sedum in the lowest row. Or terrace into a circle shape so it could be seen from all directions and would all be in bloom at about the same time. I've never done it, but that image stays in my mind. Funny how we think we'll do something 'next year' then next year comes and goes and we never get it done.

Maybe I should change it to 'someday' . . .
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vic
Oct 1, 2015 9:47 AM CST
I do that too Sharon, get a picture in my mind of how I want to do a bed. Never happens though, maybe someday Lovey dubby
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woofie
Oct 1, 2015 12:34 PM CST
You may tell Aunt Bett's shade what a friend of mine told her husband, when he complained about her planting things that you couldn't eat: "But they feed my SOUL!" Angel
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